Heather Hardy, She's Little.....Her Fiddle is Little.... but her Sound is Huge!!! You can't miss this. Heather's back up North and Back at Grasso's. Wayne Sabella on Piano.
Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy began studying the piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. She began as a piano major at the Manhattan School of Music, and after one year realized that though piano was her great love; she was more driven on the violin. Heather returned the following year as a violin major under Raphael Bronstein. While at school she began to play in the subway to make money while collaborating with different blues and rock musicians. This was the turning point at which she began to explore improvisation on the violin, and her unique style emerged.
After moving to Tucson in 1990, she joined the Sam Taylor Band, originally as a featured violin soloist, but soon becoming a vocalist as well. Her smooth ambient violin playing that contrasted with her tasty, soulful “wah-wah” blues solos captivated audiences and helped the band win the 1995 Arizona Blues Showdown. That was followed by taking second place in the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis and a European tour. By 1996, Heather had formed her Lil' Mama Band, taking it to New York in 1997. In 2000, she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. Residing in Tucson today, she maintains a steady performance schedule in the New York area for about 3 months out of the year.
“Heather Hardy shows off her technical prowess on the violin, amazingly strong vocals and a gift for music and lyrics that ranks her with some of the top composers in the field of blues music.” – Good Times Magazine